About UCL Conservation

MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums

Welcome to the UCL Conservation Lab Chat blog!

The MSc is a two year programme for those studying to pursue a career in archaeological and museum conservation. The programme welcomes students from around the world and teaches them practical techniques and skills required to work as interventive conservators.

Designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the practice of heritage conservation, this programme consists of one year’s training at the institute, with an emphasis on developing practical experience under specialist guidance in the conservation laboratories, followed by a ten-month assessed conservation work placement in a museum or similar institution.

The Institute of Archaeology has been teaching conservators since 1937 and since 1957 has been based at 31 – 34 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury. Students come from a variety of academic and working backgrounds, and each is encouraged to pursue their individual interests in materials and conservation specialisms while at the Institute. Pod projects and laboratory/object management roles provide opportunities to build on site techniques and team work skills.

You can find up to date information about the MSc programme here and the IoA here, and you can meet the current MSc 2019/2020 class here.

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